June 2, 2012 § 2 Comments
One of the newest additions to Magazine Street, Magasin, is quickly becoming the new uptown hot spot. It’s open for lunch and dinner and the prices and food are just right. For a while, NOLA pho lovers, would travel to the Westbank to indulge their cravings at Pho Tau Bay. Although I can’t speak for Pho Tau Bay’s offerings, Magasin’s I can.
Clean, fresh, and non-fussy seems to be the reoccurring theme from the food to the restaurant’s atmosphere. The menu offers something for everyone, so those who are not pho lovers or hesitant to try have other options. The ingredients in every dish across the board are great compliments to each other. I really enjoy the bun/vermicelli. A healthy option that bursts with flavors of basil and mint. It’s the perfect (cooler) choice this summer when the heat has you sweating.
On my last visit, I decided to order an oldie but a goodie. Crab Ragoon. I think the last time I order crab ragoons was when I was in middle school. This vietnamese version is the perfect ratio of crab meat and cream cheese. My PIC (partner in crime) for the evening physically moved them to my side of the table and out of his reach. Sad confession. I finished them off without a thought. It’s a lethal treat, but worth it.
Some other worthwhile items on the menu? The pho, clearly. The com/rice with lemongrass chicken. And the banh mi sandwiches for $4.50 is a deal that frankly sounds good to me for any meal. It’s also BYOB, so raise a glass!
A gratuitous bathroom shot. I have a strange thing for New Orleans bathrooms. Each one has a personality of its own. Magasin is no different. Instead of a mirror above the sink there was this lovely photo. So if you fail to read the sign on the door when you first walk in, then maybe the photo above the sink will serve as a clue. Hopefully you are in the right place. There was a full length mirror too, so don’t fret girls. Good rule of thumb: check yo’self before ya wreck yo’self.